FTE: The contract is for 185 day/year
Salary: Aligned with HEA Salary Schedule

The purpose of this position is to coordinate the Hopkins American Indian Education Program, and engage Native families in the community and strengthen connections between educators and families to ensure Native student academic success and access to cultural learning.

This position requires some schedule flexibility to accommodate evening and weekend meetings and events, such as American Indian Parent Advisory Committee meetings or conferences.

This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

Tasks involved in fulfilling above duty/ responsibility:

  • Complete State and Federal funding paperwork for the American Indian Education Program 
  • Facilitate the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC)
  • Work directly with AIPAC to create district program plan based on the WBWF goals
    • All students are ready for kindergarten.
    • All achievement gaps between students are closed.
    • All students in third grade can read at grade level.
    • All students are ready for careers and college.
    • All students graduate from high school.
  • Coordinate field trips for American Indian students
  • Plan cultural events for American Indian families with the parent committee
  • Raise awareness and coordinate programming for important days in the Native community, such as Orange Shirt Day
  • Manage the Hopkins American Indian Education Program Budget
  • Collaborate with district data specialists to collect data regarding American Indian students and experiences in Hopkins Public Schools to determine needs 
  • Collaborate with Hopkins staff to accurately and sensitively identify American Indian students
  • Provide feedback to the Hopkins Innovation, Design, & Learning team to facilitate conceptual, inquiry based learning experiences for students that center American Indian People, achievements, culture, history, and ways of knowing
  • Coordinate the American Indian Engagement Specialist’s schedule and provide support when needed (i.e. pulling curricular resources or assisting students with complex projects)
  • Provide college and career readiness resources and support to American Indian students
  • Send a quarterly or monthly newsletter with updates from the American Indian Education Program.
  • Communicate with families regarding what students are learning and doing in the program, available resources, and upcoming school and Native community events.
  • Compile quality resources on American Indian K-12 curriculum.
  • Keep program website up-to-date with current photos, information and events.
  • Create a program Facebook page to share community and district events.
  • Use district messaging systems to communicate to students and families about field trips, student passes, etc.
  • Provide cultural information and insight to educators and Special Education IEP teams 
  • Participation in Individual Education Plan (IEP), 504, and Pre-referral Intervention meetings (as needed)
  • Represent Hopkins Schools at Metro Indian Education Gatherings (quarterly) and participate in the MDE Dream Catcher Program
  • Collaborate with teachers and counselors to ensure access to services and consistent intervention support
  • Willingness to serve on the district restorative practices steering committee 
  • Assist district and finding or providing professional development for classroom teachers on how to be culturally responsive to Native students
  • Classroom requests – someone to speak on a lesson
  • Curriculum questions, updates, willing to offer input and perspectiveReview current district curriculum regarding Indigenous peoples
  • Other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred.
  • Experience working with Native communities is preferred. Experience in public schools and/or working with youth is preferred.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

A strong knowledge of Native history, tribal government, culture and ways of knowing. Indigenous language knowledge is preferred, but not required.

Strong organizational and communication skills, comfort working with technology. CPL driver’s license or willingness to attain it is preferred.

Able to build relationships with young people with a wide variety of academic needs, understand public school systems and how to advocate for Native students.

Understands the role systemic racism has played in education and is committed to taking an anti-racist approach in all work functions

Effective communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills 

Outstanding communication, presentation, and facilitation skills

Deadline driven: Focused on both big picture planning and project management to accomplish benchmarks

Able to challenge conventional thinking

Strong mathematical, statistical, and analytical skills

Able to give and receive feedback

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Mobility to work in an office or classroom setting, use standard equipment and stamina to stand for extended periods of time; strength to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; vision to read printed materials and computer screens; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.  

Work is performed in an office or classroom setting.
Travel required to locations throughout the District.